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Richard Beck

Associate Professor , A&S Geography

401D Braunstein Hall

513-556-3426

Geographical information networks, GIS, Remote Sensing, Climate Change, South Asia, Water Resources.
Education

Ph.D., University of Southern California Los Angeles, 1995 (Earth Science)

M.S., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2004 (Information Science)

M.S., Iowa State University Ames, IA, 1985 (Earth Sciences )

B.S., Iowa State University Ames, IA, 1982 (Earth Sciences)

Research Support

1984 Chevron Field-Related Thesis Program

1985 Graduate School ISU Electron Microscopy

1986 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research

1987 Chevron Field-Related Thesis Program

1987 Geological Society of America

1987 Wrote first draft of National Geographic Field Research Grant proposal "Quantitative Basin Analysis, Potwar Plateau, Northern Pakistan" revised and submitted by Dr. Douglas Burbank. $27,000

1988 -1989 National Science Foundation Stratigraphic and Structural Evolution of the Northwest Himalayan Foreland Basin, 12 Ma to Present (2 years). $100,000

1990 -1991 National Science Foundation Stratigraphic and Structural Evolution of the Kohat Plateau Region Pakistan, 14 Ma to Present (2 years). $120,000

1991 -1992 Field and Analytical Support by Amoco Production Co. Academic-Industrial Geological Survey of the Waziristan and Kurram Tribal Areas, NW Frontier Province, Pakistan $250,000

1995 Hampton Fund - Faculty International Initiatives $3,000

1996 Ohio Board of Regents - Remote Sensing $8,800

1998 USGS P.I. - LANDSAT Data Grant $21,000

1998 USGS Applications of Landsat, ASTER and MODIS Data to Land Cover Mapping in Ohio Role:P.I. $121,000

1998 USGS OhioView Metadata Clearinghouse Grant Role:CoPI $38,638

1999 USGS , LANDSAT Data Grant Role:CoPI $21,000

1999 USGS Applications of Landsat, ASTER and MODIS Data to Land Cover Mapping in Ohio Role:CoPI $184,000

1999 USGS Low-Cost Internet GIS Prototype-Phase1 Role:CoPI $11,000

1999 USGS Low-Cost Internet GIS Prototype-Phase1 $92,000

2000 USGS Applications of Landsat, ASTER and MODIS Data to Land Cover Mapping in Ohio Role:CoPI $480,000

2000 NASA A Secure GPS-Aware Internet Browser Role:P.I. $70,000

2000 NASA Undergraduate Distance Learning Prototype Role:P.I. $360,000

2000 USGS Low-Cost Internet GIS Prototype-Phase2 Role:CoPI $25,000

2001 -2003 OhioEPA Statewide Land Use Classification Role:CoPI $220,000

2001 -2002 NASA GLOBE and OhioView Data Integration Role:P.I. $53,000

2001 -2002 USGS Applications of Landsat, ASTER and MODIS Data to Land Cover Mapping in Ohio subcontract worth $25,000 of Role:CoPI $480,000

2002 -2004 Ohio Board of Regents OhioView Virtual University subcontract Role:CoPI $304,731

2002 -2003 NASA Remote Sensing Tech. Development Role:P.I. $95,000

2002 -2004 NASA Mars Extravehicular Activity Prototype Role:P.I. $103,000

2003 -2006 National Science Foundation Investigation of paleoenvironment, geomorphic processes, and carbon stocks, of drained thaw-lake basins, Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska. Role:CoPI $210,000

2006 -2007 Department of Energy Carbon Sequestration Role:P.I. $18,000

2007 -2010 National Science Foundation Collaborative Research: Changes in Lake Dynamics on the Arctic Coastal Plain of North America Over the Past Half-Century Role:CoPI $378,618

2007 -2008 National Science Foundation Barrow Arctic Research Facility – Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Role:P.I. $875,000

2007 Dept. of the Army Sensor & Communications Network -1 – Army Space and Missile Defense Battle Laboratory Role:P.I. $155,000

2008 -2009 National Science Foundation Barrow Arctic Research Facility – Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Role:P.I. $177,000

2008 Dept. of the Army Sensor & Communications Network -2 – Army Space and Missile Defense Battle Laboratory Role:P.I. $479,000

2009 Dept. of the Army Sensor & Communications Network -3 – Army Space and Missile Defense Battle Laboratory Role:P.I. $525,000

2009 -2010 National Science Foundation Barrow Arctic Research Facility – Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Role:P.I. $187,000

2010 Dept. of the Army Sensor & Communications Network -4 – Army Space and Missile Defense Battle Laboratory Role:P.I. $227,000

2011 Dept. of the Army Sensor & Communications Network -5 – Pending - Army Space and Missile Defense Battle Lab Role:P.I. $69,985 Completed

2011 UrbanAlta, Inc. Cincinnati Green Station Network $25,216

2011 -2015 NSF CALON: Circum-Arctic Lake Observation Network Role:Co-PI $950,000

Grant: #NCE Investigators:Beck, Richard 06-01-2003 -12-31-2004 National Aeronautics and Space Administration OhioView Remote Sensing Education - Phase 3 Role:PI $33,102.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #R-300-100375-40106 Investigators:Beck, Richard 12-01-2004 -10-31-2005 National Aeronautics and Space Administration OhioView Undergraduate Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Role:PI $5,381.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #NCE Investigators:Beck, Richard 05-01-2002 -09-30-2004 National Aeronautics and Space Administration OhioView Remote Sensing Education and Outreach Technology Development Role:PI $95,000.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #OSP02176 Investigators:Beck, Richard 01-26-2002 -08-31-2003 Ohio Board of Regents OhioView Virtual University Role:PI $30,473.00 Closed Level:State of Ohio

Grant: #NCC3-981 Investigators:Beck, Richard 07-08-2002 -07-07-2004 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Mars Rover Geological and Geophysical Prototype Role:PI $88,965.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #NCC3-1083/rebudget Investigators:Beck, Richard 07-15-2003 -09-30-2004 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Lunar and Planetary Science Module - Phase 2 Role:PI $14,998.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #NCE NAG3-2437/1 Investigators:Beck, Richard 05-16-2000 -09-30-2001 National Aeronautics and Space Administration OhioView Undergraduate Distance Learning Prototype Role:PI $360,000.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #Rebudget Investigators:Beck, Richard 05-01-2001 -09-30-2002 National Aeronautics and Space Administration K-12 Prototype for a Remote Sensing Education System at NASA Glenn Role:PI $55,740.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #ARC-0641623 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Eisner, Wendy; Hinkel, Kenneth 09-15-2007 -08-31-2010 National Science Foundation Advanced End-to-End Cyberinfrastructure Installation, Validation, and Optimization for the Barrow Global Climate Change Research Facility Role:PI $1,183,196.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #OAI DOD W 91260-06D0005 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Eisner, Wendy; Frohn, Robert; Hinkel, Kenneth; South, Robert Browning 04-25-2007 -09-30-2008 Department of the Army SCAN-1 Role:PI $77,500.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #ARC 0713813 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Eisner, Wendy; Hinkel, Kenneth; Maurer, Eric 09-01-2007 -08-31-2011 National Science Foundation Collaborative Research: Changes in Lake Dynamics on the Arctic Coastal Plain Role:Collaborator $378,618.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #06S-0190 / W91260-06-D-005 Investigators:Beck, Richard; South, Robert Browning 08-01-2008 -08-31-2011 Department of the Army SCAN-1 Role:PI $1,303,104.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #SRS 007347 Investigators:Beck, Richard 01-03-2011 -08-31-2011 Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati Green Learning Station Sensor Network Role:PI $25,216.00 Closed Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #ARC 1107607 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Eisner, Wendy; Hinkel, Kenneth; Kim, Changjoo; Liu, Hongxing; Townsend-Small, Amy 09-15-2011 -08-31-2015 National Science Foundation Collaborative Research: Toward a Circumarctic Lakes Observation Network (CALON)--Multiscale Observations of Lacustrine Systems Role:Collaborator $966,001.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #7500125451 / W91278-10-D-0104 Investigators:Beck, Richard 06-16-2014 -09-11-2014 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Quality Ground Truth Data Collection to Support Algorithm Development and Mapping with Airborne Hyperspectral Imagery on Harsha Lake, SW Ohio for USACE Pilot Remote Sensing Project Role:PI $19,998.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #ACI-1440539 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Burton, Bruce; Ghia, Urmila; Kang, Lei; Sokoloff, Michael 12-01-2014 -11-30-2016 National Science Foundation CC-IIE Networking Infrastructure: UCScienceNet (UCSN) - A High Bandwidth Science DMZ to Enable STEM Discovery Role:Collaborator $499,741.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #7500127120 / W91278-10-D-0104 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Liu, Hongxing; Tong, Tak Yung 10-15-2014 -04-30-2015 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Quality Ground Truth Data Collection to Support Algorithm Development and Map part II (second $10K) Role:PI $10,000.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #AV14-NASAGRC-UC01 / NASA NNC15VA80P Investigators:Beck, Richard; Liu, Hongxing 11-14-2014 -05-11-2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ground Data Acquisition & Processing for Hyperspectral Imaging of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Role:Collaborator $5,060.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #AV14-OH-UC01 Mod 1 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Liu, Hongxing 10-01-2015 -12-31-2015 U.S. Geological Survey Monitoring and modeling water quality and harmful algal blooms in the inland waters in Southern Ohio Region with remote sensing and in situ observations Role:Collaborator $12,650.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #ACI-1541410 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Burton, Bruce; Combs, Jane; Wang, Xia 01-01-2016 -12-31-2017 National Science Foundation CC*DNI ENGINEER: University Of Cincinnati Cyberinfrastructure Engineer And Educator (CI2E) Role:Collaborator $197,705.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #NNC16MF95P Investigators:Beck, Richard; Liu, Hongxing 12-04-2015 -12-31-2016 NASA Glenn Research Center Algorithm Development and Comparison for Deriving Water Quality Parameters for Inland Lakes and Rivers from Multispectral and Hyperspectral Images Role:Collaborator $29,900.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #UOC-18-S-019 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Liu, Hongxing; Tong, Tak Yung 04-17-2018 -09-30-2018 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers USACE - Grad Student Summer Support and Algorithm Dev Role:PI $45,000.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #OSU 60064677 sub ODHE HABSat-1 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Black, George; Liu, Hongxing; Ma, Ou; McGhan, Catharine 04-04-2018 -06-30-2019 Ohio Department of Higher Education HABsat-1 (Harmful Algal Bloom Satellite-1) Role:Collaborator $131,083.00 Active Level:State of Ohio

Grant: #N00014-18-1-2851 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Black, George; Liu, Hongxing; Ma, Ou; McGhan, Catharine 08-15-2018 -08-14-2020 Office of Naval Research HABsat-2 - Multi-resolution, radiation resistant, VNIR hyperspectral imaging 6U CubeSat Constellation for littoral ocean, Great Lakes and tributary inland water studies. Role:PI $165,945.00 Active Level:Federal

Abbreviated Publications
Peer Reviewed Publications

Beck, R.A., Vondra, C.F., Filkins, J.E., and Olander, J., 1988,  Syntectonic sedimentation and Laramide basement-thrusting, Cordilleran foreland; Timing of Deformation, In, Interaction of the Cordilleran Thrust Belt and Cordilleran Foreland; Schmidt, C.J., and Perry, W.J., (eds.), Geological Society of America Memoir 171, p. 465-487 (Master's thesis).

Beck, R., Zhan, S., Liu, H. et al. (2016), Comparison of satellite reflectance algorithms for estimating chlorophyll-a in a temperate reservoir using coincident hyperspectral aircraft imagery and dense coincident surface observations, Remote Sensing of Environment, 178, 15-30.

Presentations
Invited Presentations

Beck, R.A., Rettig, A., Lein, J.K., Frohn, R.C., Hinkel, K., Eisner, W., Jones, B., Arp, C., Lambert, C., Miller, D., and Kriegel, K. (2010. )End-to-End Working Prototypes for Standardized Operational Environmental Geographic Information Networks: Examples from the Great Lakes and Arctic for Invasive Species and Climate Monitoring .Fort Worth, TX, Level:National

Hinkel, K.M., Frohn, R.C., Jones, B.M., Nelson, F.E., Eisner, W.R., Peterson, K.M., and Beck, R.A. (2005. )Thaw Lakes in Continuous Permafrost: Recent Research and Controversies .American Geophysical Union, Level:National

Beck, R.A. (2002. )Don’t drink the water! Near-real-time environmental satellite monitoring systems and public policy .American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Poster Presentations

Rettig, A., and Beck, R.A. (2010. )An Open Geospatial Consortium Standards-based Arctic Climatology Sensor Network Prototype .American Association of Geographers, Annual Meeting, Washington DC. .Professional Meeting. .Level:National

Paper Presentations

Ivenso, C., Rettig, A., and Beck, R.A. (2011. )An OGC Based Geographic Information Network Methodology for Monitoring Microcystis Bloom Events in Maumee Bay, Lake Erie .Seattle, WA. Professional Meeting. Level:National

Hinkel, K.M., Sheng, Y., Lenters, J., Lyons, E., and Beck, R..A. (2010. )Arctic Lake Water Temperature Patterns as Impacted by Climatic and Geomorphic Controls .Level:National

Arp, C., Jones, B., Beck, R., Whitman, M., Derry, J., Lilly, M., Grosse, G. (2010. )Variation in Snow-water Equivalent (SWE) and Ice-thickness across Arctic Streams and Lakes in Northern Alaska .Level:National

Rettig, A., and Beck, R.A. (2010. )Software and Hardware Tools for Climatology and Meteorolgy .San Diego, CA. Conference. Level:National

Beck, R.A., Rettig, A., Eisner, W, Hinkel, K., Jones, B., Arp, C., Whiteman, D., Thomas, B. (2010. )Ice Dynamics of the Meade River - Arctic Alaska, from Freezeup to Breakup from Time Series Ground Imagery .Washington DC. Professional Meetin